A collection of behind the scenes and home movies from the golden age of Hollywood. Hosted by Ken Murray with a Special appearance by Kirk Douglas.
Features footage of: Eddie Albert, June Allyson, George K. Arthur, Mary Astor, Lew Ayres, Max Baer, Lucille Ball, Richard Barthelmess, Rex Bell, Edgar Bergen, Sally Blane, Humphrey Bogart, John Boles, Pat Boone, Eddie Borden, Hobart Bosworth, Clara Bow, William Boyd, Fanny Brice, Paul Brooks, Joe E. Brown, Johnny Mack Brown, Virginia Bruce, Rory Calhoun, Leo Carrillo, Charles Chaplin, Lew Cody, William Collier Jr., Russ Columbo, Gary Cooper, Jackie Cooper, Jeanne Crain, Robert Cummings, Linda Darnell, Marion Davies, Joan Davis, Olivia de Havilland, Dolores del Rio, Cecil B. DeMille, Jack Dempsey, Walt Disney, Kirk Douglas, Marie Dressler, Irene Dunne, Josephine Dunn, Stuart Erwin, Ruth Etting, Douglas Fairbanks, Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Charles Farrell, Todd Fisher, Errol Flynn, Joan Fontaine, Glenn Ford, Clark Gable, Greta Garbo, Reginald Gardiner, Cary Grant, Alan Hale, Oliver Hardy, William Randolph Hearst, Jean Hersholt, William Holden, Bob Hope, Hedda Hopper, Walter Huston, Sam Jaffe, Van Johnson, Buck Jones, Hope Lange, Charles Laughton, Stan Laurel, Gertrude Lawrence, Mervyn LeRoy, Charles Lindbergh, Carole Lombard, William Lundigan, Fred MacMurray, Jayne Mansfield, George Marshall, Herbert Marshall, Chico Marx, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Joel McCrea, Victor McLaglen, Adolphe Menjou, Mayo Methot, Marilyn Monroe, Frank Morgan, Wayne Morris, Jean Parker, Louella Parsons, Mary Pickford, Dick Powell, Tyrone Power, George Raft, Gregory Ratoff, Donna Reed, Debbie Reynolds, Buddy Rogers, Charles Ruggles, Albert Schweitzer, George Seaton, Norma Shearer, George Stevens, Lewis Stone, Margaret Sullavan, Robert Taylor, William T. Tilden, George Tobias, Spencer Tracy, Lupe Velez, Jimmy Walker, John Wayne, Johnny Weissmuller, Mae West, Claire Windsor, Robert Woolsey, Jane Wyman and others
This downloader unlike the converter version I posted will not only download the video but will also inform you of the other formats available for that video. This particular video (Part I) was available in FLV, MP4 and WebM. Sorry, I don't much about formats. If you're interested in only the audio portion of the video, you can also extract that as an MP3.
Make sure you download this ONLY at the Freemake site, copies of this program at other sites have been found to be infected with spyware. Enjoy!
August 26, 2011 Subject:
Available on...(dare I?)...YouTube
I went looking, and found a much sharper print (which is unfortunately broken into three parts) on YouTube:
Unfortunately, the only way to get a copy of your own from that source is to use a download utility that can capture streaming media to a file, and a media player that supports Flash videos (FLV). I did not find any other copy of the film here on IA. The UCLA Film & Television Archive apparently has it, but I do not know if the public can access the collection.
[Update following Digital Axis' review:] I've been looking over some freeware media transcoder packages. Some of them have the capability to extract the video and audio streams from one container format and losslessly place them into another container. YouTube is currently encoding their content with H.264 AVC and AAC, which is then placed into the Flash video container (FLV). If Freemake can transcode losslessly, these FLV files are perfect candidates for conversion to MP4. One advantage to MP4 is that it supports tags; FLV apparently does not. When I tag my MP4 files, I usually put the source URL in the comments field.
August 20, 2011 Subject:
Flash video files dl and conversion
Darkmoon is right, the video links he posted are far better quality than what we see here. For those interested in downloading You Tube videos should install Freemake Video Converter available at: http://www.freemake.com/free_video_converter/
It is also a downloader that only requires the URL to grab the video. Freemake is also a video editor so you can also join the files together. It's free and none of the surprises we typically expect from "free software".
November 8, 2010 Subject:
Potentially interesting, but of poor visual quality
I had hoped the other reviewers had exaggerated how poor the quality was...unfortunately, not so. This presumed kinescope copy is so washed out that it is difficult to enjoy. I can discern the familiar faces without too much trouble, but it isn't much fun to look at them through cinematic vaseline. A shame. Can anything be done with some of the amazing film sharpening technologies of today? Or is this particular item of insufficient interest to warrant the expense? If decently sharpened, it would be quite enjoyable! (I gave it three stars for its potential, at least, but I don't disagree with the two stars already given by other reviewers.)
June 18, 2009 Subject:
Very poor visual
This is a fantastic compilation of early Hollywood, HOWEVER, sad to say the quality of this film is disgraceful. Poor visual quality to say the least. I could not even decipher the people, some of the scenes were so light and distorted. PLEASE would someone find at least an acceptable copy of this film to download. I gave up after the first five minutes.
January 27, 2009 Subject:
Sentimental view of Hollywood stars of the past
Ken Murray, made this movie back in 1963. It is interesting to watch how the Hollywood stars from the 1930's to the early 1960's relaxed and had fun.
Unfortunately, this copy of the film is not clear.